Ontario Hospitals

Doctor says contract as GTA hospital’s interim critical care director terminated after government criticism – Toronto

Doctor says contract as GTA hospital’s interim critical care director terminated after government criticism - Toronto

The William Osler Health System is coming under fire from a number of physicians for the decision to terminate the contract of its interim medical director of critical care amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Brooks Fallis told Global News in a statement Wednesday evening he …

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Coronavirus: Ontario patients to be ranked for life-saving care should ICUs become full

Coronavirus: Ontario patients to be ranked for life-saving care should ICUs become full

Hospitals in Ontario have received a triage protocol that lays out the criteria to be used if intensive care units fill up and medical resources are scarce. The memo by the province’s critical care COVID-19 command centre says patients will be scored on a short-term mortality risk assessment that …

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Scarborough hospitals inundated with coronavirus patients, some to be flown to Kingston

Scarborough hospitals inundated with coronavirus patients, some to be flown to Kingston

As hospitals have been dealing with surging numbers of coronavirus patients, a Scarborough Health Network (SHN) doctor says the situation is causing such a strain that some need to be flown to Kingston. “Scarborough ICUs continue to be over capacity despite many patients transferred to other parts of Ontario …

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Medical staff need guidance on life or death triage decision as Ontario ICUs fill up: experts

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TORONTO — As intensive care units in Ontario hospitals continue to fill up with COVID-19 patients, the province has yet to finalize a plan on who should get life-saving care when health resources are limited. The latest COVID-19 projections show the province’s ICUs could reach “gridlock” by mid-to-late February. …

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Markham mother cites rising COVID-19 cases as reason behind reduced visiting hours in ICU

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As COVID-19 case numbers rise, hospitals have had to tighten up policies around who is allowed in and out of their facilities. This can be especially tough for families with loved ones in a hospital intensive care unit . Laura Meffen said she struggles with this everyday. Her 22-year-old …

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Ontario hospitals told to prepare for out-of-region patients amid rising coronavirus cases

Ontario hospitals told to prepare for out-of-region patients amid rising coronavirus cases

A lead Ontario agency is warning hospital CEOs they should be prepared to accept patients from outside their regions due to a continuing rise in coronavirus cases. “Updated projections show that by Jan. 24, the province will see more than 500 COVID-19-related critical illness patients in intensive care units …

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LHSC cancels some surgeries as COVID-19 cases strain resources – London

LHSC cancels some surgeries as COVID-19 cases strain resources - London

The London Health Sciences Centre says it is making an effort to complete as many surgeries as possible, but some surgery cancellations have occurred due to “constrained resources.” Cases of COVID-19 continue to surge in the London, Ont., region with the Middlesex-London Health Unit recording at least 599 cases …

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Record high COVID-19 hospitalizations strain southwestern Ontario health care system – London

Record high COVID-19 hospitalizations strain southwestern Ontario health care system - London

A southwestern Ontario hospital is cancelling elective surgeries as it redeploys staff to tackle record-high COVID-19 hospitalizations in the region. Chatham-Kent Health Alliance says the change will take effect on Thursday. The hospital says its intensive care unit was at 100 per cent capacity and overall occupancy was at …

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Windsor hospital postpones elective surgeries after Jan. 4 due to COVID-19 surge

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WINDSOR, Ont. — A Windsor, Ont., hospital is postponing all non-urgent elective surgeries starting next month as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise “at an alarming rate.” Windsor Regional Hospital says the decision is difficult but necessary as rising COVID-19 admissions could mean a “critical shortage” of available acute care beds. Earlier …

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Coronavirus: Ontario shutdown set to begin on Boxing Day

Coronavirus: Ontario shutdown set to begin on Boxing Day

For those looking to take advantage of Boxing Day sales across Ontario, most will likely have to stick to shopping online as a shutdown ordered by the Ontario government due to rising coronavirus cases comes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday. While the Ontario government will allow in-person …

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